Kalush and Sloman contend that Houdini was a spy for Britain, worked with police and was invited to work as adviser to Czar Nicholas II--so naturally, Summit hopes to turn the story into "an action thriller featuring a character who is part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes."
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Most of Oppenheimer's credits are as a TV producer, but he wrote "Jackie," which was nearly made by Darren Aronofsky and his then main squeeze Rachel Weisz, and the franchise "The Maze Runner," about a group of kids trapped in the midst of a giant labyrinth.
So now "The Secret Life of Houdini" finds itself in a race with "Voices From the Dead," a script by J. Michael Straczynski ("The Changeling"), based on the real-life friendship between Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle. Set in the 1920s, the film follows the duo as the fight crime in new York City alongside a psychic.
We're pulling for "Voices From the Dead," how about you?